ECF Registration & E-Filing Requirements

Electronic Case Filing (ECF or “e-filing”) is mandatory for all civil and criminal cases in this court. Please refer to Civil Local Rule 5-1 for the Court’s rules pertaining to electronic filing. 

Attorneys must register with ECF before applying for admission to the bar of the Northern District of California.  

Civil cases must be opened in ECF. Criminal initiating documents must be filed manually; all other documents in criminal cases must be e-filed. 

Parties who are representing themselves pro se (without attorney representation) are not required to e-file and, in fact, may e-file only with the permission of the assigned judge.